A national nonprofit organization that provides housing and services to elderly people is expanding its Upper Arlington headquarters in hopes of establishing a local senior services center.
National Church Residences finalized the approximately $2-million purchase of the former Willis Insurance building at 2245 North Bank Drive in Upper Arlington last month.
The company plans to relocate its staff from neighboring buildings at 2235 and 2233 North Bank Drive by March 1.
NCR is Upper Arlington’s largest private employer with more than 700 people on staff. It plans to add about 188 local jobs over the next 10 years.
Karen Twinem, vice president of communications and public relations for National Church Residences, said the expansion ultimately will make Upper Arlington a premier community for senior living.
She said preliminary plans call for the creation of a senior services center, which would provide adult-based services, as well as primary geriatric and home health care.
Upper Arlington Community and Economic Development Manager Bob Lamb said National Church Residences is investing approximately $170,000 in renovations to the new offices.
“National Church Residences projects that their expansion efforts will create over $1.5 million in additional payroll withholdings to Upper Arlington over 10 years,” Lamb said. “This $1.5 million is based on new jobs and services that National Church Residences will be bringing to the community and is an addition to the revenue the city is currently receiving from National Church Residencies existing operations.”
For more on this story, see the Feb. 14 edition of ThisWeek Upper Arlington News.